Blogging – How I stay motivated
January is tough. BLOGMAS is over, the New Year has begun and sometimes you just feel a little lost. Work becomes stressful, and you’re trying to cram all these New Year’s resolutions into the first month to prove you’ll have the best year ever. For some reason though, this year I’m okay. I have bad days, but so does everyone. I came home from work last night turned on my music, grabbed my hula hoop and sang at the top of my lungs. Which yes, okay means I have no voice at the moment but I enjoyed it. I haven’t been in this position in a long, long time.
My days usually consist of me coming home, sitting on the sofa and falling asleep without any real accomplishment or enjoyment to fill my evening with. Therefore, this time I’m making the most of being in a good head space and I’ve collected a few of the things I think are truly making a difference and keeping me motivated this month.
If you need a break? Take a break.
Step back, recharge and start a fresh. There’s no harm in taking a few days, a week or a month off. If that’s what your mind is telling you, listen to it. Use that time to find a new book to read, a new television show to watch or just go for some long walks. Fresh air is good for you, and you never know what inspiration you might find outside. It might be the one thing you need to get you back on track.
You are more important than your content
Don’t feel like you have to write about the same genre. It seems like all of these ‘Blogging tips’ explain that you need a niche to make it big, but personally I follow a blog for the blogger. It’s your blog and you are completely in control of it. If your friend had a new interest you wouldn’t abandon them and never see them again would you?
I’m definitely working on this one lately. All those blogs you read? Comment on them. Make it your goal to comment something nice on every post you stumble across. You’ve already read the post and a comment would only take an extra 30 seconds. Remember how nice it feels to come home to a new comment on your blog. All you’ve got to do is give 30 seconds to spread that happiness to others. It’s definitely worth it. You might find a brand new friend and friendship definitely makes this whole blogging experience a lot more enjoyable.
Make a plan
Buy yourself a diary, but don’t be afraid to change plans if you need to. Last year I started a bullet journal but after spending so long on the layout I felt awful trying to change plans. This year I bought a clearance diary and some brand new coloured pens to feed my stationary obsession. I’ve already crossed out and re-planned 5 things this month. It looks an absolute mess with colour splattered across each page, but I’m the only one that’s going to ever see it so it really doesn’t matter.
Go back to your roots.
Why did you start your blog? Was it simply an online journal for you, or were you trying to inform people about a topic? Get a blank piece of paper and just start writing. Words. Quotes. Inspirational people that you look up to. Draw a few pictures and make this paper your new starting block. Create a post on what you’ve jotted down. You’ll probably find that every single thing you’ve placed on that page could be a blog post in itself. Now where’s your excuse?
Even though I’m in quite a good place at the moment, I’m still using these tips to keep me motivated and I always will do.
For me, I’m working on the networking side of blogging. I want to show more love to everyone’s incredible posts.
Post below your favourite blog post you’ve ever written and if you have the time, have a look at what other people have posted in the comments!